Instant Pot Italian Sausage and Spinach Soup—creamy broth, chunks of Italian sausage, spinach, carrots and pasta combine to make a hearty soup perfect for a cold winter night.
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Instant Pot Italian Sausage and Spinach Soup
This Instant Pot Italian Sausage and Spinach Soup reminds me of Zuppa Toscana quite a bit. It’s got the Italian sausage, creamy broth and greens. Instead of potatoes it has pasta though. It’s a perfect soup to feed a hungry crowd. Kids and adults both love this soup.
If you’re a kale lover you can swap out the spinach and add in kale instead. And if you don’t have bowtie pasta you can use macaroni, cavatappi or rotini pasta. I like to use Better than Bouillon Chicken Base in the place of chicken broth. I add in 7 cups of water and 7 teaspoons of the chicken base. I buy a big jar of the stuff at Costco because I use it so often in my Instant Pot recipes.
How come it only takes 1 minute? The pressure cooking time for this particular recipe is 1 minute. If you’re unfamiliar with how pressure cooking works you might be scratching your head. How can it cook in just one minute? When the Instant Pot is very full pot (especially when it’s liquid based) the pot will take a long time to come to pressure.
The whole time that the pot is building pressure the food is cooking. In order for the pasta to not get overdone the 1 minute pressure cooking time is used.
This recipe calls for using a controlled release. A controlled release is releasing the steam in controlled bursts. You will switch the valve back and forth between sealing and venting, a few seconds at a time. Releasing the steam like this prevents the liquid from spewing out and making a mess. I like to use this method when there is a very full pot or if the food is starchy.
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What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?
To make Instant Pot Italian Sausage and Spinach Soup I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly. It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.
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Creamy broth, chunks of Italian sausage, spinach, carrots and pasta combine to make a hearty soup perfect for a cold winter night.
- 1 pound ground Italian sausage
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 7 cups chicken broth
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into quarter inch rounds
- 10–12 ounces of uncooked bowtie pasta
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk (or half and half or heavy cream)
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 4 oz chopped spinach or kale
- Turn Instant Pot to saute setting. When the display says HOT add in the Italian sausage and break it up. Add in the diced onion. Brown the sausage for about 5 minutes. Spoon off any excess grease. Add in the garlic and saute for 20 seconds. Then add in the broth and scrape the bottom of the pot to remove any browned bits.
- Turn off the saute setting. Add in the carrots, pasta, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
- Cover the pot and secure the lid. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 1 minute. When the time is up perform a controlled release (see note below). Remove the lid.
- Stir in the evaporated milk, parmesan cheese and spinach. Salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and serve.
Controlled Release: Release the steam in controlled bursts. Switch the valve back and forth between Sealing and Venting, a few seconds at a time. Releasing the steam like this prevents the liquid from spewing out and making a mess.
Only 1 minute? The pot will take quite a bit of time to build pressure due to the large amount of liquid. The whole time the pot is building pressure the soup is cooking. So yes, you only need 1 minute of pressure cooking time.
- Category: Soup
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: Italian
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